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Cock O' The North Handicap at Ripon opener

Ripon Races Still without its usual ticket sales, Ripon Races in North Yorkshire holds the opening race day of its season this Thursday afternoon (April 15).

There are 7 televised races. The first race is at 2.15pm and the last is at 5.40pm. The Ripon Cock O' The North Handicap is the feature race at 4.35pm.


Snooker World Championship will put fans into Crucible

The Crucible, Sheffield, has been World Snooker Championship venue since 1977 While the region's fresh-air and space sporting events have to continue without a crowd at present, the Government's Event Research Programme is allowing crowds to watch indoor snooker in The Crucible in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, from this weekend.

Tickets were being put on sale from this Wednesday (April 14) for snooker's biggest tournament, the World Snooker Championship, which sees over two weeks of action over the green baize from Saturday April 17 to Monday May 3.

The Crucible has been the regular venue of the championships since 1977.

At last year's World Championship, tickets were sold and fans were able to watch Day 1 and then the Prime Minister unexpectedly announced a change of policy, postponing the easing of Covid-19 restrictions for watching sport. The event continued with a crowd, but a small number were allowed to attend the final two weeks later.


The great Yorkshire reopening has begun

Roche Abbey Middleham Castle Outdoor visitor attractions across Yorkshire were able to reopen from Monday (April 12).

Outdoor areas at places like Yorkshire's Castles and Abbeys can be visited, although indoor areas will stay closed for the time being and advance bookings will need to be made at many places. Gardens at many locations have already been opened from March 29, but shops and outdoor cafe areas will now add to the appeal of some attractions.

Theme parks are reopening Campsites can again open their gates The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway returns to steam from Saturday Queues formed at this store in Huddersfield as clothes stores were allowed to reopen this Monday The Yorkshire Wildlife Park, near Doncaster in South Yorkshire, has moved its gates while it has been closed. The park, previously entered from Warning Tongue Lane, now has a new entrance from April 12 at Hurst Lane, Auckley. Flamingoland, the theme park and zoo at Kirby Misperton is also opening its gates, while Lightwater Valley theme park, at North Stainley, near Ripon, opens later in the week, on April 17.

Yorkshire's heritage railways will also soon be back in action, with the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in West Yorkshire announcing a return to steam from Saturday (April 17).

Cafes and pubs, which can still be found in many villages across Yorkshire, make a very welcome return with table service in their outdoor seating areas and beer gardens. Restaurants may also open for outdoor service.

Shops that have been deemed by the Government to be non-essential through the winter, including clothing shops and electronic goods stores, are also able to open their doors, if they are among the survivors of the pandemic restrictions. Hairdressers and nail salons have also been able to open their doors from this Monday. Gyms can reopen for individual or household exercise.

Shops and outdoor cafe areas are open again Self-contained accommodation can open for overnight stays in England within your household or support bubble. Campsites are also reopening, but may be without some of the usual facilities at present.

While some freedoms are returning, and new cases of Covid-19 have recently fallen, it has not gone away and caution is still needed to keep yourself and others safe. The Government continues to advise that you should stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions such as wearing face coverings if you cannot stay 2 metres apart. A rule on gatherings of either up to six or two households still applies.

We recommend you check the website of visitor attractions you plan to visit to check their planned opening times and ticket arrangements. You will find links to many of them in the pages of Yorkshire.guide

Further detail about the Government's latest changes can be found at the GOV.UK website Coronavirus webpages:  GOV.UK - Coronavirus

Britain's first National Park reaches 70 this week

Sailing, Winscar Reservoir Peak District National Park Raven Stones and Greenfield Reservoir High Bradfield Back Tor at the edge of South Yorkshire Britain's first National Park, which stretches into West and South Yorkshire, celebrates the 70th anniversary of its formation this week.

The Peak District National Park was designated on April 17, 1951, although the idea of National Parks had first been put forward by a Government inquiry some 20 years earlier after decades of public campaigning for a right to roam in open areas of countryside and a mass trespass on Peak District moorland.

One of the three National Parks in Yorkshire, it offers plenty of outdoor opportunities in some isolated and sometimes challenging moorland landscapes.

Find out more about the Yorkshire part of the Peak District National Park on our Peak District page.

 Peak District   

Can West Yorkshire find a mayor for the huge task ahead?

Seven candidates to choose from on May 6

The election takes place on May 6 for the Mayor of West Yorkshire, the largest metropolitan county in the UK.

It's an area with three cities, more than 30 towns, well over 200 distinct villages and countless suburban districts.

At 40 miles wide and 30 miles north to south, the county covers an area 29% larger than Greater London, where the first of the directly-elected metropolitan mayoralties was created in 2000.

In these socially-distanced times, West Yorkshire is the last of England's metropolitan counties to embrace this US-style elected-mayor system, here with one mayor covering five very large metropolitan districts.

But which individual will the voters of West Yorkshire give control to on May 6. Find out more and who the seven candidates are on our West Yorkshire mayoral election page.

 West Yorkshire mayoral election   

Other elections across Yorkshire

May 6 is also Polling Day for various elections across Yorkshire:

• In addition to the West Yorkshire mayoral election, one-third of district councillors are put to the vote in the five large metropolitan districts of West Yorkshire -  Bradford,  Calderdale,  Kirklees,  Leeds and  Wakefield.

• Elections of district councillors will take place in each of the metropolitan districts of South Yorkshire -  Barnsley,  Doncaster,  Rotherham and  Sheffield.
• In  Doncaster all the district council seats are up for election and there is an additional poll for an elected Mayor of Doncaster.
• All four South Yorkshire metropolitan districts also have an election for the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

• In the City of  Hull unitary authority, one third of the council will be elected - polling postponed from last year.
• In  Hull and  East Riding (also  North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire) an election takes place for the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner.

• In the seven districts of North Yorkshire and in the City of  York unitary authority, the postponed-from-2020 election for North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner election takes place. However, other elections in North Yorkshire are postponed until 2022 (see below).

• In  Durham County, where the unitary authority includes part of the historic North Riding, council elections will take place together with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham election.
• In the  Pendle district in Yorkshire's historic borderlands, electors will vote for a new council reduced in number from 49 to 33 and also get the chance to vote in Lancashire County Council and Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire elections.
• In  Oldham metropolitan district there are district council elections and the Mayor of Greater Manchester election, postponed from 2020.

• May 6 is also the date for various parish councillor elections, council by-elections and planning referenda in some parts of the region.

Democracy postponed

The government is planning yet another change to local government in Yorkshire, something which appears to have been happening with unprecedented frequency across the region ever since the major change which altered the historic Ridings in 1974 after Boundary Commission review.

This time it affects the North Yorkshire County Council, the seven large district authorities which were created within it (each covering an area bigger than some counties) and also the City of  York unitary authority.

The Government wants these districts made even larger, resulting in proposals for:
• One single-tier authority covering all seven districts of the 3,341 square miles of England's largest county, North Yorkshire, but not including the  York unitary authority
• As two halves adding York. One half would cover  Craven,  Harrogate,  Hambleton and  Richmondshire, the other would cover  Ryedale,  Scarborough,  Selby and also bring in the unitary authority of  York. Yorkshire's historic capital has had self-governance as a city in one form or another since ancient times but would become part of a much wider one-tier authority, a move overwhelming opposed by the present City of York council.

Government consultation on the changes continue until April 19, 2021 and can be found at this  GOV.UK - Open consultation webpage.

As a result of its proposed changes, the Government has deemed it necessary to postpone the democratic process for the existing councils from 2021 to elections in 2022.

It affects elections which were due to take place in 2021 for:
• North Yorkshire County Council
 Craven District Council.

Latest information on Coronavirus in Yorkshire

• Latest step of easing of lockdown rules from Monday (April 12).
• New infections now below 1 in 1,000 of population per week in all parts of Yorkshire.
• Information on vaccines. Vaccine programme currently open to Over-45s.
• Links to latest Covid-19 statistics and useful further information.

See our Covid-19 update page.

 Covid-19 update   

Do you know your Yorkshire?

Can you name the seven cities of Yorkshire?
Which were the first three to be recognised as cities?
For the answers see: Seven cities
How about the seven largest towns and cities of Yorkshire?
For the answer see: Largest towns and cities
Where are the nine horse racecourses of Yorkshire?
Which of them stages the world's oldest classic race?
For the answers see: Racecourses
Which were the five highest-placed Yorkshire football teams in the 2019-20 season? End of season promotions and relegations saw which three Yorkshire teams moving in or out of the Championship?
To find the answers see: Yorkshire football
If a board game was to feature Yorkshire’s four busiest railway stations, which would they be?
For the answer see: Railway stations
How many of Yorkshire’s five highest mountains can you name?
For the answer see: Highest mountains
Where were the eight start and finish locations for the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire cycle races?
For the answer see: Tour de Yorkshire 2019
Based on district local authorities, where are the seven largest populations in Yorkshire?
For the answer see: Populations

On Ilkla Moor Baht ’at

If you’re from Yorkshire you will probably recognise our background picture as the Cow and Calf Rocks on Ilkley Moor, famous as the location of the Yorkshire dialect anthem "On Ilkla Moor Baht ’at". More on Ilkley.

Recent Yorkshire news topics

Bradford station site : Council plans to move station for faster rail service 7 minutes walk further away from centre

Spring 2021 Budget : Yorkshire Freeports in Spring Budget.

Green Flag parks : High standards of Yorkshire parks and green spaces.

New airport terminal : Council backs Leeds Bradford Airport expansion plans.

News archive 2020: News from 2020.

News archive 2019: News from 2019.

News archive 2018: News from 2018.

News archive 2017: News from 2017.

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